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North East elders ask Buhari to sack Service Chiefs

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North East elders ask Buhari to sack Service Chiefs

By Deborah Musa

The Coalition of North East Elders for Peace and Development, on Monday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs and relieve them of their duties.

According to the elders, the military deployed massive strength during the #EndSARS protests in parts of the country, thereby leaving the zone at the mercies of Boko Haram, and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

The elders stated that the situation led to scores of civilians being killed, as a result of the strategic and operational blunder, which they argued, was avoidable, had greater tact been adopted.

In a statement signed by the chairman, Engr. Zana Goni, the North East Elders’ Forum said pro-active intelligence would have revealed this lapse to the military high command, but for what appeared to be obvious lethargy on the part of the Service Chiefs, who have spent about five years and four months in their respective positions.

Consequently, the elders have, for the umpteenth time, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to show the Service Chiefs the way out, having exhausted all applicable ideas, which they insisted were now obsolete.

In their considered view, the sack of the heads of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will, no doubt, pave the way for the appointment of a new set of senior officers, who will approach their jobs with the highest degree of commitment and enthusiasm.

This, they noted was more so as the new appointees will bring fresh ideas to bear on the task of defeating the 11-year-old insurgency, that has since altered the North East equation.

Further to that, they explained, is the urgency to win the counter-insurgency war, as well as the fear of failure, which will not be an option.

“Though, the protests in parts of the country may have been suspended, with deaths and destruction of both private and public property in their trail, we wish to state that the North East also suffered similar fate during the period of the demonstrations”, Goni said in the statement.

He regretted that the unbridled quest to quell the protests by all means possible, and the desire to prove that they were indeed on ground, had left the security of the North East worse than it was.

Goni said: “We had thought that the high command of the military will, at least, be proactive enough to know that these insurgents take advantage of loopholes, to perpetrate their wicked acts.

“We are disappointed that these gaps were not covered, thereby giving the terrorists a free rein in many communities, a situation that culminated in many unreported deaths and destruction of property.

“Our men, women and children are tired of these needless attacks on communities, in the face of huge budgetary expenditure on the defence and security sub-sector of the nation.

“We are concerned that our dear President, who is so passionate about leaving an enviable legacy of a prosperous nation in all respect, has remained adamant, as far as the military heads are concerned.

This position is despite the unanimous resolution by the Senate and the House of Representatives requesting the sack of the Service Chiefs.

“May we, therefore, reiterate our earlier calls for the removal of Service Chiefs, as their replacement will never be difficult, considering the fact that there are younger generals that are now better positioned to deliver on our expectations.

“We know that our dear President will lose nothing, as loyalty among officers and personnel of the military, is total, absolute and unalloyed, not withstanding who is saddled with whatever responsibility”.

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Kano commissioner explains why Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was booted out

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Kano commissioner explains why Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was booted out

The Kano state information commissioner, Muhammad Garba, revealed reason why Tanko-Yakassai was relieved of his appointment.
He said he was sacked for “unguarded comments”
Although a member of the APC, Tanko-Yakassai had on several occasions criticised the government.
This time around Tanko-Yakasai a.k.a Dawisu, had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over worsening insecurity in the country.
Garba indicated that the aide could not be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in as he was unable to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern.

It would be recalled the same aid was once suspended in October for two weeks for being on the same page with #EndSARS protesters.
He was reported to have been arrested and detained at the State Security Service (SSS) headquarters in Abuja.
He was quoted to have asked President Buhari Muhammadu to do something about Nigeria’s worsening insecurity or resign

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

By Sunday Joseph

The newly confirmed substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa has vowed to work by the constitution and not by external influence.

Bawa spoke during the question and answer session at plenary said it applies also to ongoing investigations.
The organization according to him, will work on proactive approach and not being reactionary in the fight against corruption.
He disclosed to senators that he was not involved in the sale of trucks in port Harcourt, saying that the secretary and 3 directors sold the assets because they were forfeited to the federal government.
Bawa clarify the issues on witch hunting which he said has been trending since the inception of EFCC, however he said it would be addressed.
On media trial, he said most of the matters are in the public domain therefore it is beyond the control of the commission.
Deputy senate president Omo Agge said President Buhari’s nominee is a good product and his unique nomination has generated hope for millon’s of youths.

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

Two time member of Federal House of Representatives, Hon Sunday Karimi has commended the recommendation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as new Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In line with the recommendation of Justice Isa Ayo Salami’s panel, President Buhari on Tuesday broke the 18-year tradition of appointing policemen as chairman of the EFCC, with his choice of Bawa, a Course One EFCC Cadet product.

Bawa, if confirmed , will be the first EFCC’s cadet to head the commission. He will replace suspended Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.

Hon Karimi, who represented Yagba Federal Constituency, Kogi State in the 7th and 8th Assembly, in a statement on Friday described Bawa’s choice as a round peg in a round hole.

According to the former Rep, “With my deep knowledge of the workings of the outfit in the last decade, the choice of Bawa provides an opportunity for an insider with excellent intellectual abilities, youthful vigor and a total shift from police lock up and charge and bail attitude to transformation into real professionalism in financial crimes investigation as it is carried out in other civilzed communities”.

Karimi declared that contrary to recent attempts to “run Mr Bawa down at all cost”, he is one of the few trusted hands in the organization that are incorriptible.

“He approaches his schedules with humility and he is a very sound officer. He will surely reposition EFCC as a top intelligence outfit. His choice presents an opportunity for those that were trained by the organization to lead the service”, he added

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